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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the Parish Fund so important?

The Parish Fund, the School's Annual Fund, represents the most critical dollars for the School's financial health for two very important reasons: It provides annual renewed gifts so that the School can depend on this source of income; It provides unrestricted support wherever the need is greatest, and they are essential to the School’s excellence and financial strength. Annual Giving helps fund the operating budget including professional development, curriculum development, art supplies, technology, athletics, student activities, and even air conditioning and lighting.

Doesn’t tuition cover other expenses?

Tuition revenue provides only 90% of the School’s operating budget. Parish relies on annual, unrestricted giving to help cover the gap that exists between tuition and the actual cost of educating each student.

What are Leadership Gifts?

Leadership-level gifts begin at $3,000+. Leadership gifts are crucial to the success of Parish’s Parish Fund program. Typically gifts at this level represent more than 80% of the total money raised through annual giving. Donors who make gifts at this level are recognized yearly in the leadership category in the Annual Report on Philanthropy.

If I can only make a small gift, does it really make an impact on Parish?

Absolutely! Over the years, contributions to the Parish Fund have ranged from $10 to $30,000+. Every gift, no matter the size, makes a difference. Your gift, combined with those from other parents, alumni and friends, provides substantial support for the ongoing programmatic needs of the school.

Why does my participation matter?

Participation matters because many foundations only fund schools that demonstrate wide support by their own parents and alumni. Your participation is a demonstration of your commitment to the School and a sign of Parish’s strength of community.

Does the Parish Fund benefit both the Hillcrest Campus and the Midway Campus?

Absolutely! Parish is one school with two campuses.

How is the Parish Fund different from Major Gift Initiatives?

The Parish Fund raises funds yearly in support of the school’s annual operating budget. From time to time, the Board of Trustees may initiate a campaign to fund major projects. Major Gifts Initiatives are specific fundraising campaigns over a finite period of time that raises substantial funds for major building projects and renovations, for endowment funds, and for other significant needs demanding extensive outlays of capital.

How can I make a gift?

You can support Parish by making a gift of cash, credit card, matching gifts, appreciated assets or bequests. All gifts are tax deductible. To make a gift online, go to our secure online gift form.

How can I make a stock transfer?

Gifts and pledge payments can be made through gifts of securities. For more information and instructions on making a stock transfer, please contact Amanda Meter in the Advancement Office at or 972.852.8757.

Will my company match my gift to Parish?

Many companies have matching gift opportunities available for their employees, retirees, and families. Taking advantage of these programs can double or sometimes triple your gift to Parish. To see if your company will match your gift, please click here.

If I make a pledge now, when do I have to pay?

We ask that pledges be fulfilled by May 31. It is helpful to Parish if you make your commitment early in the fiscal year, even if you don’t pay until later. It is important for the Board of Trustees to know the approximate total of the projected funds raised before they meet at the end of November to begin the budget planning process for the next school year.

Who can I contact if I have a question about my giving, need a duplicate receipt or want to see if I have paid my pledge?

If you have a question about your giving, need a printed receipt or to inquire if you have paid your pledge, contact Diana Sobey at or 972.852.8785.

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